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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because the Bowie Baysox are celebrating “The Dude” tonight at Prince George’s Stadium. And I’m sure all other “Big Lebowski” fans are with me in thinking “Who better to celebrate???” (Edit from GMC: Video VERY MUCH NSFW.)

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terrence Cody passed conditioning test, returned to Ravens practice

Like I said yesterday, “thank God our long civic nightmare is over.”

I’m not particularly worked up about a failed conditioning test. I am a BIT more worked up about the thought that we’ll have to worry about Terrence Cody’s weight/condition for the next few years.

I’m sure there are others (John Harbaugh comes to mind) that are even more concerned about it. Having Haloti Ngata give him a nickname like “Cheeseburger” doesn’t exactly bode well. Of course, it’s not like they didn’t know what they were getting when they picked him in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. It’s also not like the nickname doesn’t fit.

If I was more of a comedian, I’d have a better “hopefully he’ll be our Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett-type joke to use here. Instead, I’ll opt to offer a picture of the Boston Blackie Burger from Blackie’s in Chicago-a spot I visited for the first time in my life on the 4th of July. It’s a winner…


2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Texas coach Mack Brown believes Sergio Kindle may have fallen due to narcolepsy

Which could VERY WELL be a legitimate reason.

There were reports around the time of the NFL Draft that Kindle may suffer from narcolepsy and ADD, and had fallen asleep during meetings while he was with the Longhorns. We hadn’t necessarily heard that sleepwalking was an issue; but there is certainly at least a CHANCE it’s true.

If so, it’s probably a less concerning explanation than some other potential explanations that had been thrown around. We won’t know what REALLY happened until Sergio Kindle is able to talk to the media-and even then there will be some who will still wonder exactly what happened last week in Austin.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither reported to Training Camp ‘on time’ Wednesday, Terrell Suggs reported ‘slimmer’

I understand that they’re going to say the right thing here; but John Harbaugh said on Monday in the lobby of the Westminster Best Western that he was “looking forward to seeing (Gaither) today.”

Maybe the team didn’t require Gaither to report to Camp early because of his foot injury, but Coach Harbs certainly suggested that he was expecting to see Jared on Monday. Could be a simple miscommunication, could be that the head coach wanted Jared in earlier in the week because he missed OTA’s and is expected to play a different position this year.

The reality is that it doesn’t really matter. Gaither’s in Camp, and as long as he’s on the practice field tomorrow-everything is fine. If he’s still battling the foot problem tomorrow, there will be one more recent drama the team will be dealing with.

You know, because they needed another distraction. Remember when they were having a fairly quiet offseason???

As far as “T-Sizzle” is concerned, it will be interesting to see what he looks like on the practice field as well. As far as defensive improvement is concerned, it is clear that all of it surrounds what type of season Suggs has, especially considering the help that was supposed to come on the pass rush from Sergio Kindle now may well not be there.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ed Reed spouted off about Baltimore media on Cleveland radio station

I’m finding it hard to find much of anything else to say about Ed Reed right now. He can be as mad as he wants to be at Mike Preston or anyone else in the Baltimore media; but everyone heard his comments-and no one forced a microphone in front of his face in any of his radio interviews; including the first one he did July 2 with us that started this ball rolling.

I’ll leave it alone for now.

The Ravens are off today as they hold an “administrative day” with veterans now in the house. They’ll put the pads on and his the field at McDaniel College for the first full team practice of camp tomorrow morning at 8:45. Luke Jones will keep you updated at the bottom of every hour with Drew Forrester, Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio.

5. The AP says Brad Mills shut down Orioles in 5-0 win for Blue Jays at Rogers Centre

Remember when Forrester bet me that the Birds would win AND cover 2.5?

I hope lunch is at PF Chang’s.

If I was surprised that a pitcher making his only start before being sent back down to the minors baffled the O’s, I’d tell you. The thing is…I’m not surprised by it at all.

How could I be?

The Orioles are the absolute worst team in baseball, and one of the worst teams in the history of baseball. How could I be surprised by any of this?!?!?

0-12 against Toronto this season. 31-70 for the season. I can’t make these type of numbers up.

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Jeremy Guthrie was actually pretty good last night. It probably won’t make you feel much better, but it happened. I’d like to think that it would improve his value at the Trade Deadline, but I saw what the Arizona Diamondbacks got for Dan Haren. Dan Haren is better than Jeremy Guthrie. The market just isn’t in the Orioles’ favor.

Despite Guthrie, you don’t want to look at the numbers-which include a combined 0-8 with 2 K’s and 5 LOB from Luke Scott and Adam Jones. Instead, look at Cameron Russell from Guyism. We’ll re-group after that…


7. MLB.com’s James Hall says Juan Samuel will stick with Bergesen, rest of rotation this time through

Which means you’ll have to wait to see Zach Britton; not that you would have necessarily canceled your Saturday night plans to see him pitch anyway.

Clearly the Birds are hoping their roster decisions will be made for them with the trade deadline. Should they figure out a way to deal Guthrie (or Kevin Millwood), they could bring up Britton (or Chris Tillman) to replace them in the rotation. Should they deal Will Ohman or Mark Hendrickson, they could move Bergesen into the bullpen and move one of the others back into the rotation.

The problem with all of this is that I’m not even sure Andy MacPhail is going to be able to trade ANYONE. Guthrie is the best chip, but this is a year where the pitching market is top-heavy (Cliff Lee and Dan Haren already dealt, Roy Oswalt available); meaning the value for the secondary market is lessened. There have been years where Jeff Suppan and/or Sidney Ponson were the best pitchers available. If this was that type of the year, the market for Guthrie would be better.

The Birds will be lucky to get ANYTHING for Millwood; and the rest of their chips (Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada, Julio Lugo, Cesar Izturis, Ohman, Hendrickson) aren’t going to get them much more than a B-level prospect or player to be named at best.

The only real hope they have to get something is Luke Scott, who despite a tough night last night has been hot recently. The Orioles aren’t going to get a lot for him, but they might be able to get SOMETHING-which is more than they could get for much of anyone else.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell, Nolan Reimold homered in Norfolk Tides’ win on farm

Before we move on from the on-field Orioles, a couple of things.

-The O’s head to Kansas City to face the Royals tonight; with Brian Matusz going against Kyle Davies. First pitch from Kauffman Stadium is on MASN at 8:10pm. There’s no reason the Orioles couldn’t win this game…but I’ll pick KC. Sean O’Sullivan, Zack Greinke and the great Bruce Chen are scheduled to finish the weekend against Jake Arrieta, Bergesen and Millwood. With a mircale, they’ll split.

-Soren Petro from 810 WHB in Kansas City joined Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” to preview the Royals series. If you missed it, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other guests included:

  • Jerry Crasnick (ESPN.com)-who discussed the trade deadline, as well as surprising teams in baseball
  • Jason La Canfora (NFL Network)-who discussed Terrell Owens, the AFC North, Dez Bryant and more
  • John Perrotto (Baseball Prospectus)-who went around the world of baseball

It’s all up in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault as well.

9. Fanhouse’s Greg Couch says former O’s 1B Jim Gentile finally credited with winning 1961 RBI title

Which you would know if you heard my “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” segment this morning on AM1570 WNST. It’s in the Audio Vault if you missed it.

Apparently Lee MacPhail had told Gentile that he would have gotten $5,000 more if he had won the RBI title-which Greg Couch thinks Andy MacPhail should offer to pay him as a kind gesture. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

As a kind gesture from myself to Jim Gentile, I will offer pictures of Daniela Freitas. (Thanks Busted Coverage/Totally Crap!)


10. UMTerps.com says WR/Specialist Torrey Smith, LB Alex Wujciak named All-ACC

Technically they have THREE all-conference selections, as Torrey Smith was named as both a receiver AND specialist. As I was reminded yesterday-Virginia Tech only had ONE all-conference selection (Ryan Williams), so take that Hokies!

The problem is that beyond these two, this Terrapins team has as many question marks as my Chapel Hill Elementary School 2nd grade English class. Of course, I rarely paid attention in my 2nd grade English class-as I spent more time paying attention to my “girlfriend” Michelle Hensley. Anyone know how she’s doing?

The joke I missed here was that Maryland only had two more wins than Chapel Hill last year. Damn! Sorry everyone…

11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland to play William & Mary (in football) again in 2012

I remind you that it’s “in football” because it isn’t surprising to see the Tribe come back to Byrd Stadium. Now if Gary Williams were to invite them back to Comcast Center after what happened last year, I’d be absolutely stunned. In fact, I’m a little surprised Gary doesn’t have a “no-fly” zone for W&M over College Park entirely.

Maryland regularly plays one FCS (former 1AA) per year; and they have Morgan State this year, Towson next year, and Rhode Island in 2013. This year’s other non-conference games are Navy, West Virginia and Eastern Michigan; next year’s are Notre Dame, West Virginia and (I believe) Temple.

12. Sports Network’s Craig Haley says Towson picked last in CAA

I stopped by CAA Media Day yesterday, and I have to admit that the oatmeal raisin cookies and potato chips at M&T Bank Stadium were DELICIOUS.

It’s hard to pick Rob Ambrose’s Tigers anything BUT last considering the year they’re coming off and the strength of the CAA; so I doubt they’re particularly disappointed.

As a consolation prize, I offer a photo of Katherine Jenkins. (Thanks Don Chavez!)


And finally, I leave you with this.

I know I already named a “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” this week (“Cornbread” by Dave Matthews Band), but I’m sure there’s been a week where I forgot to name one; so I’m naming another. Hey, it’s my blog. Enjoy “Shutterbug” by Big Boi from Outkast…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because my roommate’s girlfriend (“The Luckiest Dang Roommate’s Girlfriend on the Face of the Planet”?) dropped off a gift at our apartment (“Summer Camp”) last night. Let’s just say it was thoughtful…


And while I’m at it, my roommate and I are currently searching for a new home base-looking for a bit more space than our current 2 bedroom apartment. I asked this on Facebook yesterday, but I might as well ask again here. Does anyone rent townhouses in Baltimore County?

I’m looking for something with a little space and fairly priced. There’s only two of us, so I can’t pay $1600. I’ll take a nice place in a solid neighborhood, or I’ll take a dump with THIS in the basement…


Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Ravens DT Terrence Cody failed conditioning test, missed practice Tuesday


Look, this ISN’T the earth-shattering news some folks in town wanted to think it was. Players fail the conditioning test in Westminster every year. Is it a BIT more concerning because the biggest issue Terrence Cody has faced in his life IS conditioning? Sure. But this isn’t a “stop the presses” type of issue.

My guess is that Terrence Cody will take the test again in the next day or two and will pass. After that, he’ll hit the practice field at McDaniel College after that.

My other guess? This won’t be the last time Terrence Cody’s conditioning is questioned while he’s in Charm City.

Just guesses.

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE-I was right. Cody passed his test and returned to the practice field Tuesday morning. Our long civic nightmare is over. And the news was first reported…by Fabian Washington on Twitter. Of course it was. They call Fabian “the most trusted name in news”, don’t they?)

2. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Cody, Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb amongst 10 Ravens on Training Camp PUP list

No one on this list is particularly surprising-I don’t think we knew much about Oniel Cousins’ throat surgery; and I’m not really sure what’s going on with Prince Miller or Rodelin Anthony (and both are likely longshots to make the roster anyway).

And as our own Luke Jones wrote later last night, it is IMPORTANT to remember that this ISN’T the “miss 6 weeks of the season” PUP list-just the active list to start Camp. As these guys are ready-they’ll practice.

(Edit from GMC: UPDATE-Prince Miller returned to practice today as well. Thank God!)

I’m just grateful the team didn’t end up putting Asimina Koutsounouri on PUP. That would have been devastating (Thanks Don Chavez/Totally Crap!)…


3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Steve Bisciotti should be considering contract extension for John Harbaugh

And I’ll go ahead on the other side and say…and the end of the season.

There’s no question that the organization CANNOT allow Coach Harbs to go into next season with it being the final year of his contract (see: Trembley, Dave). That being said, there’s no reason to necessarily do this right now, as the focus should be on the team and trying to reach the Super Bowl.

Of course, the opposing argument would be “but then what do you do if everything goes wrong this season and the team somehow ends up 5-11? You either reward him for a bad season or you allow him to enter the final year of his contract.”

That would be the issue, yes. Let’s worry about that when it happens.

4. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron thinks Troy Smith-John Beck decision will be ‘pretty obvious’

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-Two more practices for the Ravens today, with this afternoon’s session scheduled for 3:30pm. After the morning session; John Harbaugh, Terrence Cody and Ed Dickson are scheduled to meet with the media. Sergio Kindle was originally scheduled as well-but it’s safe to say that won’t happen. Luke Jones is on the scene, he’ll be checking in with reports throughout the day with Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio on AM1570 WNST.

-Brian Baldinger (NFL Network) said Haloti Ngata was the 5th best player in the entire NFL. Sorta makes me look silly for saying he’s the #3 guy on the Ravens’ roster… (Joe Flacco, Michael Oher).

5. The AP says Jose Bautista homered twice as Blue Jays crushed Orioles in Toronto

Thank God Jose Bautista only plays the Birds 18 times a year, or the Hall of Fame folks would already be working on his plaque in Cooperstown.

I will be forced to admit that I turned the game off after Bautista’s 1st inning homer. Why the Orioles let Kevin Millwood even pitch in the first inning is beyond me. It just isn’t going to go well.

Remember when we thought Kevin Millwood was going to have trade value? I still think he does, I just think they need to lower their expectations for what they can get for him. In fact, their best bets may be Isuro Tanaka and/or Rube Baker from the Cleveland Indians.

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Nick Markakis went 2-4 with a double and RBI…BUT…Felix Pie, Jake Fox and Cesar Izturis combined for an 0-fer with 2K’s each.

You know you don’t want to look at this.

My recommendation would be to look at Nikoletta Ralli instead. (Thanks Busted Coverage/Brosome!)


7. MLB.com’s James Hall says Zach Britton rumored for Saturday start vs. Royals, Juan Samuel doesn’t want to send Bergesen back to Norfolk

I’m going to try my hardest to say something here besides “I don’t really care”, but it’s hard for me to think of much of anything else.

If Bergesen stays in the rotation, he’ll probably get hit around. Kansas City stinks, but they can still hit. There’s nothing about his performance recently that suggests he’ll suddenly come alive. I don’t know that he REALLY gains anything from going back to Norfolk, but maybe he does.

Zach Britton probably ISN’T ready to reach the big league level yet-but it would be a pressure-less situation on the road against a terrible KC team at a time when no one in either town is particularly concerned about what’s going on baseball-wise.

My gut says Bergesen makes the start-and my gut says that’s probably for the best right now.

My gut ALSO says that the 3rd Berger Cookie was a bad choice last night. I rarely listen to my gut.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Britton solid in Tides’ loss, Billy Rowell solid in Frederick Keys’ loss on farm

Before we move on from the on-field O’s, a couple of things…

-The Orioles are back in action tonight, wrapping up their 3 game set in Canada. Jeremy Guthrie (who MIGHT have some trade value) goes against the Jays’ Brad Mills (who will be making his first start). First pitch at Rogers Centre is at 7:07pm, and the game can be seen on MASN2.

-If you missed Bowie Baysox 1B Joe Mahoney today on “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester on AM1570 WNST; make sure you check out the chat with the Eastern League Player of the Week in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net. Other guests this morning were:

  • Clark Judge (CBSSports.com), who went around the NFL with Drew-discussing Terrell Owens, the Ravens and who he liked in the AFC.
  • Ovie Mughelli (Atlanta Falcons FB, former Raven), who discussed his recent trip to the Gulf Coast and football in general with Drew.
  • Luke Jones, who checked in live from the practice field at McDaniel College with news about Terrence Cody, Matt Birk, etc.

They’re all in the Audio Vault as well if you want to check them out!

9. ESPN.com’s Matt Lindner says Birds should consider racing Muppets at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Why did I include this in Crabs and Beer? Honestly, I have no idea. Probably because it’s a funny read (and we can use something like that when we talk about the Orioles); and it gives me an excuse to include this classic version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”…

10. FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman says Gary Williams got ‘new lease on life’ when Debbie Yow left for NC State

Which would surprise…like…no one.

Jeff will be on with Thyrl at 10:40am today to talk about this story and other college basketball-related items. Check it out live or later today in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Also make sure you check out this week’s edition of the “D1scast”, as myself and Patrick Stevens (D1scourse) discuss everything going on in the world of college sports-including a wrap of this weekend’s ACC Kickoff event in Greensboro. You can listen to the D1scast in the Audio Vault as well.

I got a new “lease on life” myself when I saw pictures of Carolina Baldini over at Guyism this morning…


And finally, I leave you with this.

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because I was reminded that the Harford County Farm Fair gets underway tomorrow. Which reminds me-I need to run out and pick up some chewing tobacco today. Not for me to actually use, just to help me feel more comfortable.

Much like the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, there’s one simple thing that I enjoy most about the Hazzard County Fair. Plain and simple…PIG RACES…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because Free The Birds was a great time last night. Despite the crowd of less than 2,000 in the stadium, despite the god awful weather, and despite the baseball game (which-as I said on Facebook this morning-will go down as one of the worst sports-related products I have ever witnessed); we still had fun.

Whether it was heckling the Royals behind their dugout (or heckling Dave Trembley for walking Mitch effing Maier), cheering for Corey Patterson from the upper deck in left field, or watching a lemonade vendor walk around the stadium to sell exactly his THIRD lemonade of the night; it was fun.

And thank God it was, or else this AP image would have been our lasting memory of the night…



Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says ‘same old’ Orioles lost again to Royals last night at OPACY

You see, when they loaded the bases on Joakim Soria (whose nickname “The Mexicutioner” is ABSOLUTELY the best in MLB) in the 9th, I REALLY thought they were breaking the funk.

Not necessarily because I thought Ty Wigginton was going to channel Luke Scott and go yard for a game-winning slam; but because I REALLY felt as though he’d get a sac fly and at LEAST tie things up.

1-12 with runners in scoring position. The only hit was an accidental dribbler from Miguel Tejada in the 1st.

If we were surprised, we’d be surprised.

How can Garrett Atkins still be on this team?!?!?

I’ve got nothing else. I was there. It was miserable. It also wasn’t even the least bit surprising.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of loss

I still can’t fathom how the Orioles couldn’t manage a SINGLE EXTRA BASE HIT against Kyle Davies.

Of course, with the success they’ve had bunting recently-I’m not sure why they don’t just bet every time up.

Brad Bergesen-who apparently used his designation to the minors as a chance to set himself up to start every game in the rain the rest of the season-was pretty good again last night. Pretty good though. Not REALLY good, as some might try to say. He was pretty good, and gave the team a slight chance to win.

I’m running out of things to say about the games. I really am. We know the problems, they’re just not getting fixed. Of course, they’re not getting fixed because the team just isn’t good enough.

Now I’m getting angry again. Watching the Orioles is more dramatic than watching The Hills.

3. WNST.net’s Nestor Aparicio says less than 2,000 spectators took in O’s loss at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The announced crowd last night was 9,299. I don’t remember them playing “Guess the Attendance”, which might have been because they knew fans could cheat and count the attendance themselves.

Of course, if they HAD counted-the number they would have come up with would have been nowhere NEAR 9,299. The Birds may have legitimately sold 9,299 tickets to last night’s game (who knows?), but they certainly didn’t have that many eyeballs in the stands.

Nestor didn’t take that picture BEFORE the game.

As I said this morning, when I was sideline reporter for the Arizona Rattlers, I attended Arena Football League games that LEGITIMATELY had 5 times as many fans in attendance.

You know, this is much too depressing. I need to lighten this up.

This is Daniela Pane. We went to Perry Hall High School together. I think there’s an argument as to whether she or I has gone on to be the best looking member of the Class of 2001…


Yeah, it’s a close call.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli and Pete Kerzel say Trembley considering Uehara as closer

…or at least finding a more prominent role for his sideburns.

I know Mike Gonzalez is working his way back, and I know Alfredo Simon hadn’t blown a save before Saturday night. That being said, do any of us believe either of them will be legitimate options to close games…you know…should the Orioles have another situation where they need a closer this season?

I’d be fine with seeing Uehara close. He has to do something-he’s on the payroll for the remainder of the year.

If it doesn’t work, I’m sure Andy MacPhail has a plan. He always does.

5. Virginian-Pilot says Michael Aubrey homered, Troy Patton roughed up as Norfolk Tides fell to Buffalo Bisons on farm

Michael Aubrey has to be headed towards Charm City pretty soon, right?

Before we move on (mercifully) from the Birds, a couple of things:

-Congratulations to “Sgt.” Jen Royle, who was AGAIN selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester as our “Apologist of the Morning.” Drew honored Jen for these thoughts she left over at 105.7…

I went to the Kansas City side post game and listened to their new manager, Ned Yost, compliment the pesky Patterson up top and then heard Billy Butler, who when 2-for-4 with two RBI, praise Bergesen. The O’s got compliments from their opponents but unfortunately, that doesn’t help in the win column.

I could have dissected the Orioles’ pre-game meal and it would have been exactly as relevant. Wow.

-The O’s and Royals are back at it tonight; with Kevin Millwood facing reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. First pitch on MASN2 is at 7:05pm. Join Luke Jones in our “Orange Crush” chat right here at WNST.net; and make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST).

-If you missed Luke, Soren Petro from 810 WHB in KC, VERSUS NHL reporter Bob Harwood, or IndyCar Series commercial President Terry Angstadt today on “The Morning Reaction”, make sure you check them out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens signed CB Travis Fisher, S Brad Jones

Fisher’s NFL experience and the injuries to Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington will give him some chance of making the 53 man roster. Giving him a contract is PROBABLY the final nail for Frank Walker as well, barring further injuries.

Brad Jones-an undrafted free agent safety from Cincinnati-is a much longer shot to make the team. With Ed Reed and Haruki Nakamura expected to be healthy, the Ravens aren’t going to be hurting for safety depth. Of course, there is a chance Jones could shine in Training Camp and make the practice squad-which would probably be a good gig for him.

7. The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jared Gaither present at Ravens Passing Camp, but not known whether or not he practiced

I’ll be out in Owings Mills today, although I’m not sure whether or not I’m allowed to let you know if Jared Gaither hits the 1 Winning Drive practice field or not. We’ll see!

You’ll be able to hear from John Harbaugh and others later today with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman.

I’ll be able to watch John Beck throw passes.

Lucky me!

You know who else is lucky? F.P. Santangelo. Apparently former Playboy chick Michelle McLaughlin belongs to him (Thanks Busted Coverage!)…


8. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Preakness runner-up First Dude will run Belmont, fellow Dale Romans horse Paddy O’Prado also likely to run

Is winning a Belmont Stakes without the Kentucky Derby winner or Preakness winner SORTA like being named “Most Valuable Oriole”?


Do you think Dale Romans is ready to do his best Brian Roberts impersonation?

Yeah I think he is.

I’ll be pulling for Romans at the Belmont, as he’s a great guy. Sometimes you gotta get your first Triple Crown win however you possibly can.

9. The AP’s Richard Rosenblatt says no Triple Crown threat hurts NYRA already hurting for money

I have an idea for how they can raise money…sell Irina Sheik calendars…


As far as horse racing-related ideas for raising money? Don’t take advice from anyone in the state of Maryland. That’s all I’ve got.

10. Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams says Maryland amongst topics being discussed at Big Ten meetings

I never had a major issue with the Big East rumors. I’m not sure the Big Ten would be a good idea for the Terps, however. Doesn’t help them in football OR basketball, with the exception of getting Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan games in College Park.

The flip is that they’d lose those games (and others in the conference), and getting Michigan State and Indiana in basketball doesn’t make up for losing North Carolina and Duke.

I hate everything about this whole “expansion” topic. I sorta just wish it would go away…

And finally, I leave you with this…

Bret Hart won the United States Championship last night on WWE Monday Night Raw. I don’t care that “The Hitman” is 52 years old and even I might be able to beat him in a fight at this point. He RULES…

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

To everyone who says “the Chargers didn’t look that good last night, I think the Ravens are gonna roll them” after watching the Raiders scare the living daylight out of the Bolts; please think again.

The Chargers are a good football team. In fact, they’re a VERY good football team. They will continue to get better week in and week out; even with Norv Turner as their coach. They will likely figure out a way to get LaDainian Tomlinson more involved in the offense.

And the Ravens are traveling across the country. Good teams RARELY lose at home against teams that travel across the country. The Ravens will be in for an absolute DOGFIGHT Sunday and face a VERY uphill climb.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark thought Heap best Raven in Week 1, Drew Forrester chose Flacco

Glenn Clark says Enberg and Fouts will have Ravens/Chargers call on CBS

Luke Jones says Ravens got ground game going when ‘needed’ against Chiefs

Nestor Aparicio has details on events in San Diego this weekend for Ravens fans

Bob Haynie says Cam Cameron will have offense prepared ‘accordingly’ for each opponent

Drew Forrester has feeling Terps might fall to Middle Tennessee

Rex Snider thinks M&T Bank Stadium needs to try new approach to Star Spangled Banner (I don’t know what’s funnier here-someone complaining about a VERY GOOD singer singing the national anthem, or the fact that I’ve heard other dummies say the same thing.)

Chris Pika says Heap ‘back in a big way’ in win over KC

Glenn Clark says Maryland Cornhole Cup amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Eric Aaronson says staying healthy big for Ravens in Week 1 win

Drew Forrester holding event at Mount Pleasant to raise money for “First Tee” program

Eric Aaronson enjoyed hanging out with everyone in Dundalk for WNST Neighborhood Tour


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez ‘knocked out early’ for 5th time in last 9 starts as Birds fell to Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss to Rays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes mound tonight at Camden Yards against Jeff Niemann

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds shut down rookie Matusz for season

Tampa Bay Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Brignac hit first career homer for Rays in win over O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Kranitz thinks Hernandez ‘not making good pitches’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley thinks shutting Matusz down ‘right thing to do’

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley reported ‘September fatigue’ NOT reason for David Hernandez’s problems

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Matusz will be eligible to win Rookie of the Year next season

Examiner Jay Trucker says having Matusz shut down means one less reason for fans to watch Orioles

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says 10,000 fans at OPACY saw Birds fall to Rays

The AP says Mora, Wieters, Scott had RBI singles in loss

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says David Price winner as Rays topped Birds

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says BJ Upton added homer for Rays in win

SI’s Ted Keith names Brian Roberts amongst most ‘underrated’ players

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh reported Gooden has ‘mild’ knee sprain

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk to donate brain for research following death

The Official Site says Harbaugh reported Zbikowski ‘should be fine…..just a matter of his head clearing up’ after concussion

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought issues on blocked punt ‘very identifiable and very easily corrected’

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison looking forward to seeing what Ravens rushing attack can do against Browns in 2 weeks

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says defense still ‘dominating and effective’ without Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco’s TD pass to McGahee biggest ‘highlight’ of win over Chiefs

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says only Arizona Cardinals threw football more than Ravens amongst NFL teams Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says McGahee views Running Backs as “Fantastic Three”

The Sun’s Mike Preston enjoyed Ravens’ passing attack, but knows offense needs to start on ground

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Seahawks’ Tatupu, Cardinals’ Morey also donating brains

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jameel McClain likely would start if Tavares Gooden can’t go Sunday in San Diego

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘solid’ in win over Kansas City

The Sun says NFL Network to re-air Ravens-Chiefs tonight

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap thought offensive outburst ‘fun’ in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘targeting’ Sunday against Chargers as return for TE LJ Smith

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Todd Heap, Mark Clayton ‘answered questions’ in win over Kansas City

The AP says Birk, Tatupu, Morey donating brains to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Gooden’s career ‘injury plagued’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Hauschka resembles Entourage star Kevin Connolly

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Rosburg, Harbaugh ‘to make special teams an even bigger point of emphasis’ this week

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco and Matt Ryan showed they won’t ‘unravel’ in 2nd NFL season

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi says Ravens now have ‘complete offense’


The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Middle Tennessee State

The Official Site offers complete Terrapins/Blue Raiders release (pdf)

The Sun says Rutgers game to kick off at 3:30, air on ESPN360

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire has Terps 10th in power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says LB Wujciak thinks loss of Nolan Carroll will ‘hurt’ Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says MTSU RB Phillip Tanner to miss Saturday’s game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin had Chris Turner throw so many WR screens to get ‘free access’ to outside of defense

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner’s pass to Ronnie Tyler on 4th down big for Terps in win over JMU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Blue Raiders expected to play D.D. Kyles at RB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps got just 4th win in Friedgen era when giving up 200+ yards rushing

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fulper 15th true freshman to play in Friedgen era

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights game will be 3rd straight game on ESPN360

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says reserve QB Brent Burnette also OUT for Raiders

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes has Terps 10th in ACC power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says kicker Nick Ferrara carries himself like ‘seasoned veteran’ despite having played just 2 college football games (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Da’Rel Scott played Saturday against James Madison battling strep throat bug (must subscribe)


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says James Johnson committed to Virginia despite having offer from Terps


The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Pittsburgh

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Pitt release

The Official Site says Mids-Panthers to air on ESPN360

Pitt Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Navy at Heinz Field

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says former Navy OL Antron Harper ‘humbled’ by being named amongst best players of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs much different QB than player Pitt saw last year

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise says Wannstedt knows Panthers defense can’t struggle like they did in giving up 500+ yards to Buffalo last week

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s John Grupp says safety Elijah Fields will have ‘increased role’ starting with Navy Saturday

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Pitt coach Wannstedt ‘concerned’ about Dobbs’ arm (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Niumatalolo’s team showed ability to bounce back with win over Louisiana Tech following loss to Ohio State


The Official Site previews Saturday’s opener against Coastal Carolina

USA Today’s Robert Klemko says deaf LB Bonheyo playing with ‘chip on his shoulder’


The Official Site says Gulls punter Andrew Geisert honored by ACFC


The Official Site says AIFA team signs former Terp Henry Scott


Loyola Official Site says Michael Phelps’ episode of “Shaq vs.” airs tonight on ABC-taped in Loyola pool


The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Colt Mutscheller


-Brian Matusz might be eligible to win the Rookie of the Year award again next season; but I will guess he doesn’t. Matusz might have a stellar season, but unless the Orioles go out and get some pop in the lineup he will struggle to put up 12-14 wins.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

My overall grade for the Ravens yesterday was a C+. They were really good at times. REALLY good in fact. But they let their guard down way too often. That can’t happen against the best teams in the AFC. It was a decent performance for a Week 1 game, but not brilliant.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ravens learned ‘every play-in every game-against every team-matters’ due to big plays in win over KC

Glenn Clark says Flacco set career highs in passing attempts, yards, and TD’s in win

Drew Forrester thought Chris Chester had ‘unheralded’ performance in win

Glenn Clark says Terps, ACC teams got ‘lucky’ over weekend

Ed Frankovic says Caps’ Fleischmann out until October with blood clot


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens put up team record 501 total yards of offense in 38-24 win over Chiefs

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Todd Heap made 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice went over 100 yards rushing in win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Larry Johnson fell well short of 100 yards in loss to Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Hauschka hit from 44, missed from 41 in win

The Official Site says Harbaugh thought Ravens ‘didn’t take advantage of’ opportunities in win

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Luke Shanno says Derrick Johnson got Chiefs going in 2nd half with INT, 70 yard return

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site’s Pete Moris says Jon McGraw got Chiefs on board with blocked punt recovered in endzone

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mark Clayton caught 31 yard ‘decisive’ TD

The Sun’s Childs Walker says 71,099 fans took in Ravens’ win at M&T Bank Stadium

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to O-Line, RB’s, WR’s in win

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ST Coordinator Rosburg thinks Ravens have ‘lot to work on’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jarret Johnson had 2 sacks, bad personal foul

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Greg Mattison ‘might want to blitz more’ in future

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Cam Cameron may have been throwing Chiefs ‘curve’ with passing attack

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens running backs ‘embarrassed’ veteran Chiefs LB Vrabel

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Chiefs WR Mark Bradley looked like a ‘wimp’ in loss

The Sun’s Mike Preston wants to see success from WR’s against Chargers, Steelers, etc. before he proclaims them ‘weapons’

The Sun’s Mike Preston thought Ravens won ‘ugly’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ed Reed thought win ‘shouldn’t have been (that) hard’

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Le’Ron McClain added TD for Ravens in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says long snapper Katula thought he was ‘shaky’ in Ravens’ win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelly Gregg, Ray Lewis tied for team lead in tackles in win

The AP says McGahee finished off win with late TD

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Brodie Croyle threw for 2 TD’s in loss

Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock saw impact of Al Saunders on Ravens’ offense

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher and Kent Babb say (would-be Raven) Succop drilled 53 yard FG for Chiefs in loss

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Flacco ‘unlikely gunslinger’ in win

USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt says new Linemen Oher, Matt Birk contributed in Ravens’ win

SI’s Don Banks says Flacco found 7 different receivers in win

SI’s Peter King has Ravens 11th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge thinks Ravens 5th best team in NFL

CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman says Derrick Mason, receivers inspired by derogatory comments made by ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Flacco ‘looked more mobile than ever’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘ready to carry’ Ravens offensively

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Haley held Cassel out of Chiefs’ loss to Ravens


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie stayed competitive through struggles, pen couldn’t keep Birds in loss to Yanks

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez takes on David Price, Rays tonight at Camden Yards

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail reports decision on Matusz likely to come today

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds weighing value of Moeller for future

Yankees Official Site’s Anthony DiComo says Hideki Matsui hit late 3 run homer to put O’s away

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Waters, Bob McCrory struggled out of pen for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Melvin Mora was a late scratch (sore right elbow)

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jeremy Guthrie allowed 15 baserunners in 5 2/3 innings

The AP says Trembley thinks Pie might be able to take swings today

New York Post’s George A. King III says A-Rod, Girardi ejected from win over Birds

New York Times’ Ben Shpigel says Sabathia picked up AL-leading 17th win

New York Daily News’ Anthony McCarron says Melky Cabrera tallied 4 RBI for Bombers in win

Newsday’s Erik Boland says Alex Rodriguez thought Marty Foster ‘unprofessional’ with ejection in Yanks’ win

Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig says Yanks ‘survived’ boneheaded play by Johnny Damon in win

Bergen Record’s Pete Caldera says Yanks prevented Orioles’ first sweep in Bronx since ‘86


The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Cameron Chism expected to help replace injured Nolan Carroll

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Trenton Hughes also amongst players who will have to step up in Carroll’s absence

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Nolan Carroll had surgery to insert screw, stabilize bone in broken leg

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps must ‘improve quickly’ before Saturday’s game against Middle Tennessee State

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘able to joke about’ close win over JMU

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ralph thinks Jamari McCullough, Bruce Campbell probably won’t be ready for MTSU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says teammate Derek Drummond caused Carroll’s injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps, Duke, BC, Wake most likely candidates to play in EagleBank Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 14 play TD drive against Dukes amongst longest of season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph also thinks Richard Taylor can help in Nolan Carroll’s absence

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph impressed with Nick Ferrara

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thought Tyler Bowen ‘solid’ for Terps at RT

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps likely to burn CB Dexter McDougle’s redshirt with Nolan Carroll out for season (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Danny Miller gives Terps ‘C’ for ‘overall’ performance in win over James Madison


Go Mids says Marcus Curry, Tyler Simmons, Kyle Delahooke, Jabaree Tuani best Mids in win over Louisiana Tech


-Losing Nolan Carroll will be a significant detriment for the Terps. If they are going to continue to pursue in the backfield, they cannot allow themselves to become vulnerable to teams who want to throw over the top. They don’t face a TON of teams with big play throwing capability, but not having Carroll against those teams will hurt them.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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Ravens Learn Important Lesson in Win Over Chiefs

Posted on 13 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

In their 38-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, the Ravens survived a pesky opponent and got off to a 1-0 start thanks to an offensive display the likes of which we’ve never seen.

And in doing so, the Ravens may well have learned a lesson that can stick with them throughout the 2009 season:

That every play-in every game-against every team-matters.

It would be very easy to say that the Ravens were 3-4 plays away from beating the Chiefs in a laugher. In fact, there are for plays that stick out:

-Jon McGraw’s blocked punt-recovered in endzone for a TD
-Steve Hauschka’s missed 41 yard field goal
-Derrick Johnson’s INT and 70 yard return
-Brodie Croyle’s 50 yard pass to Mark Bradley over Fabian Washington

Those 4 plays either directly (or indirectly) created a 20 point swing in the game. If the Ravens get the 3 that Hauschka left out there, and the Chiefs don’t get the 17 that those three plays created; the Ravens would have cruised to a 41-7 victory.

But those plays DIDN’T go that way.

Instead, those 4 plays turned a potential laugher into a game the Ravens had to sweat out in the final minutes; in a game that Todd Heap admitted afterward “everybody was expecting to go” safely in favor of the Ravens.

The Ravens REALLY played a very good game today. Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 307 yards and 3 TD’s. Ray Rice rushed 19 times for 108 yards as part of an attack that (along with RB’s Le’Ron McClain and Willis McGahee) combined for 237 yards of total offense. 7 different Ravens caught passes, with 5 different receivers tallying 30 or more yards. The defense allowed just 9 Kansas City first downs (two more came from penalties), and only 188 total yards. The Ravens won the time of possession battle by an almost 2-1 margin.

It was a particularly impressive performance, at least numbers wise; but it didn’t translate into the final score.

Because of those 4 plays that went the wrong way, the Ravens were forced to dig deep, rally from a 2nd half deficit, and hold off a Chiefs team that suddenly felt like it belonged.

Which was a clear example that every play in every game against every team truly matters.

4 plays causing a 20 point swing can be reversed against a team like the Chiefs. The Ravens recovered from every mistake and marched back down field to forge ahead every time the Chiefs got them in trouble. But they will not be able to do the same against every team on the schedule-starting next week against the Chargers.

In the words of John Harbaugh: “Any one play makes a difference in a game like that.”

And on Sunday, it almost made an insurmountable difference. In the future, it might.

Hopefully a closer than expected win over the Kansas City Chiefs will be enough to remind the Ravens that any single missed assignment, any single bad read, any single wrong route, any single bad strike of the football, and any single play taken off can completely change the outcome of a football game.

I imagine we’ll find out in San Diego.


4:19-And there it is. Ravens win AND cover in a nailbiter. 38-24 Ravens. Be back with more after Harbaugh and the locker room. Tune into AM1570 for Eric Aaronson’s post-game show, and don’t forget about our “Purple Haze” tonight.

4:17-Andy Studebaker fielded Hauschka’s squib kick, which is nothing more than an excuse for me to say the name “Studebaker.”

4:13-Ravens take a timeout with 36 ticks remaining in this one. Don’t see Steve Hasuchka scampering out to the field, I imagine the play here is nothing more than a Flacco sneak.

I was wrong, it was a McGahee plunge. And just like that, the Ravens are going to cover. That’s pretty funny.

Hauschka’s extra point makes it 38-24. 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:03 on the “drive.”

4:11-If they scored there, or score here……you mean to tell me they can still cover?

You definitely go for it if this play isn’t overturned.

4:09-Le’Ron McClain was ruled to have been stopped inside the 1. They’ll take a look, but I don’t think they’ll overturn it. Don’t have a good angle to look at this.

4:07-Croyle is sacked by Trevor Pryce, who forces a fumble that is recovered by KC. Doesn’t matter, as the Ravens take over. KC has 2 timeouts, so Baltimore will have to score here to finish this off.

4:06-Two incomplete passes later, the Chiefs face a 4th and 18 from their own 13. Here’s the ballgame.

4:04-Call was apparently overturned (here’s the official word that Croyle’s FOREARM was down), and KC will get the ball back with 1:54 to play-2nd and 18 from its own 13.

3:59-This one’s just about over now. Jarret Johnson sacks Brodie Croyle, Croyle fumbles, and Terrell Suggs recovers at the 12 yard line. KC has two timeouts, and the refs will look at it again to make sure it was a fumble. It looked like it was. With 1:54 left the Ravens couldn’t run out the clock, but a first down or a score would end it. First 2 sack game of Jarret Johnson’s career.

3:56-The 43 pass attempts, 307 yards, and 3 TD passes are all career highs for Joe Flacco. The 492 yards of total offense is a team record for the Ravens.

3:54-Ravens try to take a shot at the endzone, but Derrick Mason couldn’t bring in the ball. Leggett on the coverage. 3rd and 8 from the 31.

One play later, the Ravens went RIGHT BACK to the endzone, and Mark Clayton made it count this time. A 31 yard TD toss to Clayton, and Hauschka’s XP makes it 31-24 with 2:06 to play in the game.

8 plays, 74 yards, 3:15 on the TD drive.

3:51-Ray Rice keeps jawing with Brandon Carr even after picking up 9 yards to the KC 35. Rice moved over the century mark with that run, and Le’Ron McClain gives the Ravens another first down one play later. 2:30 to play.

3:49-Mark Clayton runs for 9 yards, and the Ravens get a first down pickup from Le’Ron McClain. They’re in KC territory with 3:30 to play in regulation. Steve Hauschka may well get a chance to make a crucial kick.

3:47-Jameel McClain was on the coverage on the Ryan TD. Not bad coverage, but couldn’t make the play. Ravens right back to work as Flacco finds McGahee out of the backfield, and he scrambles upfield for 14 yards. Ravens at their own 40.

3:45-Croyle to Sean Ryan for the 10 yard TD. Wow. Didn’t look like he got in, but no challenge from the Ravens. Succop’s XP is good, and we’re tied at 24 with 5:21 to play in regulation. Who saw this coming?

6 plays, 80 yards, 2:49 for the Chiefs on the drive.

3:43-If you give a bad team a chance to feel like they belong, they’ll suddenly start to believe they are. Chiefs have the ball in the red zone, and the Ravens need to come with a stop. This game is 4 plays away from being an absolute laugher, but it is instead an absolute nailbiter. Ravens have been late with their rush, including Trevor Pryce on the last play, putting the Chiefs at the Baltimore 10.

3:34-Boy is Ray Rice good in space. He takes the Ravens down to the 1 yard line with a 22 yard scamper off the Flacco pitch. One play later, Le’Ron McClain is in the endzone, and the Ravens are back on top with 8:10 to play in the 4th. Thank God.

Hauschka’s XP makes it 24-17. 9 plays 76 yards 3:47.

3:32-Facing pressure, Flacco goes underneath to Mason for what appears to be a first down at the KC 29 yard line.

3:30-What a game for Todd Heap today. Might be trying to earn #1 on my “Tuesday Top 7” list. He gives the Ravens a 1st down at the KC 39 yard line.

3:29-Elsewhere, Donovan McNabb left the Eagles-Panthers game with a rib injury, meaning the Michael Vick saga may be even MORE interesting.

Back here, Tavares Gooden has returned to the Ravens sideline, and they have a 1st down at the 37 after a pass to Willis McGahee.

3:25-Succop is GOOD from 53. He was GOING to be the kicker the Ravens went after. Not to rub it in or anything…..

17-17 now. 7 plays, 55 yards, 2:51 for KC.

3:24-One play after a big Ed Reed stop in the backfield, Brodie Croyle throws away a ball that was apparently “intended” for TE Sean Ryan. If they say so. Croyle is incomplete going for Mark Bradley on 3rd down; and Ryan Succop will attempt a FG from 53.

3:22-Two runs later, and the Chiefs face a 3rd and 4 from the 16. They took the shot I thought they would, and Mark Bradley beat Fabian Washington (who had decent coverage) for 50 yards. Chiefs have it at the Baltimore 34.

3:19-Sam Koch puts the Chiefs back at their own 10 yard line to start this drive. Ravens need to stay steady defensively, just not make any particular mistakes. Wouldn’t stun me if Todd Haley tried to put a ball up top. They’ve had no success physically against the Ravens, but they might be able to find something downfield.

3:15-Flacco and the Ravens will face a 3rd and 10 from the KC 41 to open the 4th quarter. Joe Flacco’s day will not be one to marvel over tonight on SportsCenter.

3:13-Brendon Ayanbadejo receiving medical attention on sidelines. No word on what they’re working on with him.

3:12-Just 28 yards on Colquitt’s punt after another defensive stop. Las Vegas could be making money on this one today, as I bet the Ravens try to keep it on the ground the rest of the way. They’ll start at their own 48.

3:07-71,099 here at “The Bank” today. As if we expected something else…..

3:03-Flacco with the soft toss to Heap, who dives into the endzone for the TD. Everybody breathe again. That looked like a Ravens drive.

Hauschka’s XP is good. 11 plays, 64 yards, 4:55. 9 yards from Flacco to Heap and the Ravens are back on top 17-14.

3:01-Tavares Gooden has been taken back to the locker room. Appears to be a knee issue.

2:58-I think the Ravens made a mistake at the beginning of this game by not establishing the run and then opening up the passing attack. By going to the passing attack early, they appeared to get themselves out of rhythm. During that time, a couple big plays the other way have put them behind the 8 ball.

They’re driving now though. A first down toss to Todd Heap was followed by a 16 yard scramble by Willis McGahee. 1st down from the KC 24.

2:55-Did Ian Eagle give my pal Drew Forrester a shout-out on CBS today? Please, details someone.

Dwan Edwards takes the kick and rumbles upfield to the 36. Tavares Gooden is down on the field and had to be helped off.

2:51-An illegal hands to the face penalty on Tavares Gooden gives KC a 1st and goal from the 2. Wow.

One play later, Croyle finds Dwayne Bowe for a TD strike, and the Chiefs now have a 2nd half LEAD. I never thought I’d type those words today.

Succop’s XP makes it 14-10 KC with 8:52 to play in the 3rd quarter. We all must remember that the other team still tries.

2 plays, 6 yards, 5o seconds on the TD “drive.”

2:48-What a disaster. Flacco intercepted by Derrick Johnson, who returns it all the way to the Baltimore 6 yard line (70 yard return), where the Chiefs will take over. This crowd is STUNNED, but trying to rally behind their defense. What a mess this has been.

2:46-According to a few friends (via Facebook), John Harbaugh was not pleased in his halftime interview with Stan White on 98 Rock. He shouldn’t be.

Chris Chester called for a hold on first down, and a Joe Flacco run for 2 yards gives the Ravens 2nd and 18 from the KC 42 yard line.

2:44-Flacco to Washington again for a 1st down. That’s Washington’s 3rd first down catch of the game.

On 2nd and 1, Flacco handed off to McClain to convert the first down. Ravens have it at KC’s 34.

2:42-Every time I see Ryan Succop kick the ball, I am reminded that he was the kicker the Ravens had targeted to sign after the NFL Draft. He became “Mr. Irrelevant”, but Eric DeCosta told us the Ravens were hoping to sign him after the Draft. Would he be better than Steve Hauschka? I don’t know. But that was a hell of a kickoff.

Flacco is NEARLY intercepted by Page on the Ravens’ first drive of the 2nd half. 3rd and 6 from the Ravens’ own 46.

2:26-Instead, they dump it underneath to Jamaal Charles, who is wrapped up after about a 12 yard gain. Strange decision.

Ravens 10, Chiefs 7 at the half. Doubt much of anyone is happy with it. I’ll be back shortly.

2:25-Nothing else cooking for the Chiefs on this drive, but they’ll take a timeout with 1 second left to try to throw a Hail Mary. They’re at the Ravens’ 49 yard line.

2:23-And I’m wrong. Spot stands, and Kansas City will have it at the 41 yard line; where a Jamaal Charles run will provide another first down into Baltimore territory.

No timeouts remain for the Ravens.

2:21-The Ravens decided to challenge the spot of the first down catch; which seems a BIT strange to me. However, it looks like Engram MAY have been a bit short.

2:18-At the 2 minute warning, we finally have the initial first down of the game for the KC offense, thanks to an 11 yard pass to Bobby Engram; who I can honestly say I didn’t realize was with the Chiefs until earlier this week.

As a note, being in a 3 point game with a team who just got their initial first down late in the 2nd half is COMPLETELY unacceptable.

2:10-3rd and 4 from the 23, and Flacco’s pass is deflected again. Hauschka will be out to attempt another FG. As I said, the Ravens should NOT be happy with field goals in the 1st half. Hauschka is wide left on his try; and the name Matt Stover just got WAY more popular in town. That was a 41 yard attempt. 10-7 with 3:49 to play in the half.

2:09-Great through from Flacco to Clayton for 16 and a first down at the KC 29. That was a great play on both sides, really.

2:07-Flacco finds Clayton for a first down at the Chiefs’ 41. Near disaster a play later, as Tamba Hali sacked Flacco (beat Jared Gaither) and forced a fumble. Flacco recovered his own fumble, but lost 4 yards on the play. He’s been in trouble a number of times in the first half. Ray Rice is overthrown on 2nd down; the Ravens face 3rd and 14.

2:04- 3rd and 5 after Flacco gained just one on a scramble. He took a hard hit on his way out from veteran LB Mike Vrabel, but it wasn’t illegal. A delay of game will make it 3rd and 10. The Ravens offense has lost the rhythm they had going early.

There it is again. Flacco to Heap for 17 yards and a first down at the Baltimore 46.

2:02-Chris Carr fields the kickoff return about 6 yards deep in the endzone; stumbles, and still tries to bring it out. BAD decisions on special teams thus far. He takes it to the 19, where the Ravens take over. Flacco finds Rice on a screen, he takes it 10 yards for a first down. He’s much better in space.

2:00-First blocked punt returned for a TD given up by the Ravens since 1998 against the Jaguars. What a brutal special teams effort there.

1:57-The only thing I’ve noticed the Ravens have struggled with so far is getting Ray Rice the ball in space. No bubble or screen routes to their speedy back just yet; just straight handoffs, most of which have been right up the middle. 3rd and 5 after a Rice run and a Mason drop. They tried to throw to Rice, but the Chiefs stayed underneath and allowed him to get just 2 yards. 4th and 3, and the Ravens will have to punt again. Stagnant offense when pinned down deep.

Disaster strikes just a play later. Jon McGraw blocks Sam Koch’s punt and recovers it in the endzone for a TD. And a game that the Ravens have been absolutely DOMINATING is now a 3 point game. Jerry Rosburg will be FUMING.

Ryan Succop’s point after makes it 10-7 Ravens with 9:55 to play in the 2nd quarter.

1:55-First half total yards:

Ravens 106
Chiefs 5

1:54-Tyler Thigpen in at QB for the Chiefs, and he leads them to a 3 and out. Which means he’s about as good as the other guy.

Carr with the fair catch at the 9. You think maybe the Ravens might try to do something on the ground already?

1:50-Flacco’s screen to Clayton is short of a first down; and Sam Koch’s 54 yard bomb is dropped by Maurice Leggett with Matt Lawrence bearing down on him. Leggett recovered his own fumble, and the Chiefs take over at their own 29.

By the way, had Flacco just TAKEN the safety on that previous play instead of the intentional grounding causing the safety; the Ravens would have had a first down there due to the illegal contact. He had no way of knowing that, but it’s an interesting point nonetheless.

1:46-The 2nd quarter opens with Flacco airing out a bomb to Mark Clayton; who fell behind Maurice Leggett and didn’t have the burst to recover.

Joe Flacco’s 1st down run on 3rd down will be negated due to holding, ad the Ravens will face 3rd and 17. Tamba Hali on the pressure. I forgot Tamba Hali existed. Such is Chiefs football.

1:42-Luke Jones also points out that the Ravens had their “safe” team on for that punt, in case of a fake.

Dustin Colquitt has a HELL of a foot. 61 yards on that punt. A penalty will force the Ravens to start from their own 8.

1:38-Brendon Ayanbadejo’s celebration after his tackle of Chiefs KR Quinten Lawrence was MUCH more appropriate than Antwan Barnes’ celebration.

Luke Jones notes that Chris Carr was in at the nickel back spot. This was assumed to be Frank Walker’s spot, but Greg Mattison said this week that the team would be flexible at the position. Expect to see Lardarius Webb there too.

Croyle’s 3rd down pass to Mark Bradley appeared to be good for a first down, but was measured just short. Still no first downs for the Chiefs just yet. Ed Reed back to return the punt.

1:37-Tough start to the Jim Schwartz era in Detroit; as the Saints went up 14-0 in the 1st quarter against the Lions. I made a late Fantasy Football roster change to add Mike Bell, hopefully he puts up big numbers.

1:34-Joe Flacco gets schoolyard on 3rd and goal; and finds Willis McGahee for a 3 yard TD. That was absolutely unfair.

13 plays, 70 yards, 6:44, Hauschka’s extra point makes it 10-0. Rich Dubroff (of the Carroll County Times) reminds me that 7 different Ravens had touches on that drive. Very impressive stuff.

Haloti Ngata was in offensively on 3rd and goal. McGahee’s 40th career TD-only his 2nd receiving TD. Thanks to Press Box PA announcer Gary Stein for the note.

1:30-Flacco goes to the ground for a 1st down at the Chiefs’ 25. 109 yards for the Ravens thus far, -4 for the Chiefs. Nice job by the production staff at CBS.

Flacco tries to find McGahee on 2nd and 8; but the pass was almost picked on a deflection by Jarrod Page.

On 3rd and 8; Flacco fires up the crowd by finding Todd Heap to the 9 yard line. The red zone is a HUGE area for Todd Heap to re-establish himself as a weapon.

1:28-Another first down toss to Kelley Washington, who is proving to be quite the reliable target for Joe Flacco. I know some blogger/reporter/morning show sidekick/producer/dreamboat who was saying that a few weeks ago……

1:27-Rice with his 2nd carry of the game; this time for 4 yards. Ravens show an unbalanced line for the first time today, with Michael Oher moving to the left side. The unbalanced line will ALWAYS be a part of Cam Cameron’s offense, but the Ravens need to show different plays WITH the unbalanced line to make it effective. 3rd and 2.

1:25-A screen to Le’Ron McClain comes back due to a Derrick Mason holding call. The Ravens will now face ANOTHER 1st and 10 from the 30. And Derrick Mason CONTINUES to find space. 13 yard gain, first down at the 43.

1:23-No electricity from Chris Carr just yet in the punt return game. A 57 yard punt from Colquitt is returned just 7 yards, and Joe Flacco takes over at his own 30 yard line. I expect a more balanced drive here.

1:21-VERY hot crowd at M&T Bank Stadium, forcing Brodie Croyle to take Kansas City’s 1st timeout. I’m surprised the Chiefs even tried to find Mark Bradley on 3rd and 15. That play had bad news written all over it. A draw probably would have been a smarter decision.

1:19-Ravens take their second timeout of the first quarter; with 9:06 to play. That’s not good.

1:16-Antwan Barnes with an INSANE celebration after being involved on the tackle of Jamaal Charles at the 25. What the hell was that all about?

Croyle to Charles for a gain of 1 on first down. Getting a first down could be as good as getting a score for KC today. Jarret Johnson with a PUNISHING sack of Croyle on 2nd down-which could have been MUCH more violent. 3rd & 15.

1:13-KC brought heat, and Flacco’s pass to Rice was incomplete. A 44 yard attempt by Steve Hauschka travels through the goal posts, meaning every fan who mumbled “better have Stover’s number ready” before the kick attempt is probably now saying “still should probably have Stover’s number ready.”

9 plays, 54 yards, 3:16 on the drive. Ravens go up 3-0 with 10:19 to play in the 1st quarter.

1:10-Kelley Washington gave the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium his first down dance after his nice leaping catch. Washington is a pretty reserved guy, which makes his antics all the more enjoyable.

Flacco to Mark Clayton on 2nd down for 11 yards to the 24. 5 offensive plays, all designed passes (one ended up being a Flacco run). Make that 6, but this one is ruled out of bounds. Surprised by the aerial attack; but this might just be Cam Cameron trying to catch Clancy Pendergast’s defense off guard. It’s working. Ray Rice finally gets his first carry and is stopped in the backfield, bringing up a 3rd and 12.

1:09-John Harbaugh takes his first timeout; you wonder if he’s thinking about a challenge. I don’t think he could get the call overturned though.

1:07-Kelley Washington with a GREAT catch for 22 yards, as the Ravens have run 3 pass plays on their first 3 plays from scrimmage. Mason APPEARED to have hauled in a TD pass on the next play in the back of the endzone, but it was ruled incomplete. The replay in the box appeared inconclusive.

1:06-Great protection from the O-Line on first down gives Joe Flacco all day to throw. The Ravens are throwing again on 2nd down, with Flacco hitting Derrick Mason for 19 yards to the Ravens’ 43.

1:04-Kansas City trying to make it work on the ground early (which is their only hope, really), and Ray Lewis with a stop in the backfield on Larry Johnson’s 2nd down rush. Terrell Suggs deflects Croyle’s 3rd and 9 pass; and the Chiefs will have to punt. They tried to go to a no huddle on the first drive, but it didn’t appear to help.

Dustin Colquitt’s with a decent punt, and combined with a Domonique Foxworth hold; the Ravens will start from their own 20.

1:02-Jamaal Charles returns Steve Hauschka’s opening ick to the 26 yard line; and football is now OFFICIALLY back in Baltimore.

1:01-Today’s game is on CBS (WJZ 13 locally) with Ian Eagle and former Raiders QB Rich Gannon on the call.

1:00-A flyover during today’s Star Spangled Banner excited the crowd. Ravens win coin flip, elect to defer to 2nd half; putting the defense out on the field first to go after Brodie Croyle.

12:54-Some hand gestures from Tavares Gooden as he dances out onto the field for the first time as a starter in a regular season game here at “The Bank.”

As a reminder, I picked the Ravens over KC 24-7 today. Anybody else already go out on a limb?

12:38-Does Michael Phelps still count as a celebrity sighting? He’s here, rocking his Ed Reed jersey on the sideline. Winning 14 gold medals really helps you get where you want to go.

12:09-Tyler Thigpen is backing up Brodie Croyle today; Matt Gutierrez is the emergency 3rd QB. Matt Cassel will not play no matter what.

This kinda makes me think that Todd Haley is treating today’s game as a bit of a “lost cause”, as Cassel looked okay in warmups; or that Scott Pioli said something along the lines of “we didn’t pay this guy a boatload of money to put him in serious danger.”

The Ravens will wear their white tops and black pants today.

12:04-This means the Ravens are dressing just 7 Offensive Linemen; with Marshal Yanda and David Hale the only reserves. Should Jared Gaither get hurt, Michael Oher would have to slide to the left side, and Marshal Yanda would have to move to the Right Tackle position. Remember, Marshal Yanda is battling a knee injury that will put Chris Chester in the starting lineup today.

Paul Kruger is also a bit of a surprise scratch. This could be nothing more than a numbers issue; as there has been no reason to think Kruger has been battling any injury issues.

12:01-Chiefs inactives:

QB Matt Cassel
QB Matt Gutierrez
CB Brandon Flowers
RB Dantrell Savage
OL Andy Alleman
TE Jake O’Connell
LB Turk McBride
LB Pierre Walters

11:59-Ravens inactives:

QB John Beck
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Dannell Ellerbe
OT Oniel Cousins
OL Tony Moll
TE LJ Smith
DT Brandon McKinney
LB/DE Paul Kruger

11:43-Adam Schefter (of ESPN) via Twitter…..”Ummm…..Brodie Croyle is 0-8 as an NFL starting QB.”


You can follow Luke Jones on Twitter during today’s Ravens-Chiefs game. Just follow @WNST.

11:40-We can confirm that Matt Cassel is inactive today. More inactives coming shortly. Brodie Croyle expected to start.

11:34-There is a rumor floating around that Matt Cassel will be inactive today. From a Chiefs PR staffer: “I can neither confirm nor deny.”

11:15-The Ravens are 1-3 all-time against the Chiefs, but won the most recent match-up in 2006; 20-10 at Arrowhead Stadium en route to an AFC North division crown. The Chiefs’ 3 wins in the series ALL came here at M&T Bank Stadium, by scores of 35-8 (1999), 17-10 (2003) and 27-24 (2004). The 2003 game was the game where Dante Hall returned a kick 97 yards for the game winning TD. This was especially frustrating because Adalius Thomas had been called offsides on the first kickoff try, giving “The X Factor” a 2nd chance. Thanks to the Ravens Media Relations department for jogging my memory of that.

The Ravens are 5-8 all-time in season openers (including some infuriating losses to the likes of the Rams, Bengals, and Panthers); 3-3 all-time when their Week 1 game has been here in Charm City.

11:03-The Ravens enter the first game of the regular season coming off a preseason in which they finished 4-0 and looked particularly strong when their first team was on the field. The Chiefs? Things weren’t quite as good for them. They finished 0-4 in the preseason and scored 13 points or fewer in all 4 games.

The Chiefs are playing the first game of Todd Haley’s head coaching tenure, after he lead the Arizona Cardinals offense to the Super Bowl a season ago. Today is also the LIKELY first game for Matt Cassel as QB of the Chiefs after he lead the Patriots to 10 wins following Tom Brady’s Week 1 injury a season ago. Cassel is questionable for today’s game with a left knee injury, but did practice this week.

The Ravens open their season following a 2008 campaign that took them all the way to the AFC Championship Game. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco know a thing or two about how Haley and Cassel may be feeling right now; as they were in a first year coach/first year QB situation going into Week 1 last season. Harbaugh and Flacco didn’t need long to get things going, as they beat Cincinnati 17-10 in their first game together.

10:57-Greetings from the press box at M&T Bank Stadium here in beautiful downtown Baltimore, where the Ravens open their 2009 campaign against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A news note before I get into a game preview: The Ravens will honor the late Steve McNair before today’s game with a moment of silence, scheduled for 12:57. Kickoff is set for 1:02.


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Live From Owings Mills: No More Answers Before Chiefs Game

Posted on 11 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:36-Here’s the official injury report:


DT Haloti Ngata (knee) LIMITED, PROBABLE
LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee) FULL, QUESTIONABLE
LB Brendon Ayanbadejo FULL, PROBABLE



2:11-I spoke briefly with rookie OT Michael Oher following practice, and he told me he was feeling “just a little” butterflies leading up to his first regular season game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Oher also told me he thought the team was “well-prepared” for Sunday’s opener. He said he had friends and family coming in from down south to see him make his NFL debut.

You can hear from Michael Oher and John Harbaugh right now in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

Harbaugh decided to address Haloti Ngata following his chat with the media, saying simply about Ngata’s injur(ies), “We’re very open, we’re very honest with our injury report, we think that’s the way to do it. And any little thing is going to be on our injury report.”


2:08-We did not hear from Haloti Ngata or LJ Smith following practice today, so we will have to work with what we’ve heard from them before. Ngata maintained that his injury would not limit him Sunday; and LJ Smith said he “hoped” he would be back Sunday. I expect Ngata should be good to go (with his ankle and knee issues), but I doubt we’ll see LJ Smith.

1:57-The answers we were hoping would come this afternoon? Didn’t necessarily get them.

-John Harbaugh told us TE LJ Smith would be a “game time decision” Sunday, saying “if he’s ready to go Sunday he will, and if he’s not, he won’t.”
-John Harbaugh had former majority owner Art Modell speak to the team following practice today. Modell told the team this will be his 48th opener in his NFL career. Harbs described the should-be Hall of Famer as “a big part of the Ravens.”
-Coach said he watched the 2nd half of last night’s Titans/Steelers game and described the game play as “football we’re familiar with.”
-When asked if there was any chance of CB Chris McAlister (who told the LA Times yesterday that he would be returning to the NFL next week) coming back to Baltimore, Harbaugh simply replied “No.”
-When asked about the team’s new media policy, Harbaugh said “there’s no cell phones, there never has been. There’s no cell phones at practice for anybody. We don’t have cell phones in meetings, we don’t have cell phones anywhere.”

One particular blogger (umm……me) found this out the hard way, as I was informed by a member of the Ravens’ PR staff that the policy-which addressed practice as I posted earlier-also extended to Coach Harbaugh’s media availability. This is why my Twitter updates came later than usual today.

12:39-We’ve talked both on here and on-air over the past two days about the Ravens’ attempts to remain secretive with the work they’re doing in practice. On Wednesday, John Harbaugh unleashed a few choice words for a cameraman who was shooting part of practice that he didn’t want shot; and yesterday the Ravens informed us that cell phones would no longer be allowed at practice.

Today I received the official description of exactly what the rules are for practice. For those of you interested (I don’t know, 3 or 4 of you?), it reads like this…..

“Basically, there is one rule: Videographers and photographers cannot shoot anything that is tactical, strategic, or schematic. In other words, no part of game plans can be shot. That means that position drills that involve 1-on-1 and 1-on-2 activities can be shot. (Any full-team including special teams, and 7-on-7 drills may not be shot.)

REMINDER: Use of laptops and cell phones is not permitted during Ravens regular season practices. We ask that you please leave that equipment in the media room.

One more note: Since almost all Friday practices are dress rehearsals of plays planned to be used in that week’s game, no shooting is permitted without the okay and supervision from Chad Steele, Patrick Gleason, or Kevin Byrne. (One of those PR staff members attends the open part of every practice.)”

So there you go. Is it paranoia? Probably. But as Drew and I have discussed, all the Ravens care about is winning football games. As long as they continue to win football games, acting out on such paranoia will be irrelevant.

11:58-I’m scheduled to join Bob Haynie momentarily. John Harbaugh is scheduled to speak to the media at 1pm today, with an open locker room session after that. Hopefully Haloti Ngata will be amongst the players who makes himself available in the locker room.

11:49-There was a Cowboys Stadium-type moment today at 1 Winning Drive. With the Ravens practicing indoors, Sam Koch’s ability to punt during special teams drills was limited by the fact that a number of his kicks hit the roof of the indoor facility.

Also, I got a chuckle when Ray Lewis walked into practice and stopped to chat with Rich Gannon-the former Raiders QB and NFL MVP-who is here preparing to do color for Sunday’s game on CBS. I couldn’t help but to think of the 2001 AFC Championship Game; and whether or not Gannon was thinking about it as he talked with Ray.

11:35-The Ravens are practicing INDOORS today, here are a couple early notes:

-TE LJ Smith (hamstring) was again working on the side during the part of practice that was open to the media. In fairness, a few other veterans were also working on the side-including Ray Lewis, Mark Clayton, etc. With just one field indoors (and the practice in shorts and shells), it is a bit more difficult to determine if a player will try to give it a go once practice closes for media members.
-Haloti Ngata had his left knee wrapped, and was throwing a football on the sidelines. Ngata told us yesterday he was dealing with an ankle (that he tweaked last week in practice), but showed up on yesterday’s injury report as “Limited” with a knee injury. Haloti has maintained that he will be fine for Sunday, but we’ll hope for more information regarding the knee later today.

11:09-Schedule is a bit different today at 1 Winning Drive as the Ravens hold a “dress rehearsal” for Sunday’s game against Kansas City at M&T Bank Stadium.

Practice starts shortly (no word on whether or not it will be indoors, although John Harbaugh has been willing to hold practice in the rain before), and then John Harbaugh and Ravens players meet the media this afternoon.

One of the more interesting storylines playing out this morning is the reaction to the comments of Joe Flacco from Wednesday. While speaking at the podium here at 1 Winning Drive, Flacco spoke (in a very matter-of-fact tone) about the Chiefs. Apparently those comments have become bulletin board material in the KC locker room, according to the Kansas City Star.

Flacco’s (rather tame) comments included:

“I don’t think it’s a good way to begin it. We’re going to come in here and play well, and I don’t think they’re really going to want to play us by the end of the game.”

“I’m a Baltimore Raven. I’m obviously not going to say it’s a good thing for the Kansas City Chiefs to come in here (and start their season).”

Joe has shown a bit more confidence coming into this season, but I was a BIT taken back by the comments when he made them, thinking they might end up on a bulletin board somewhere. Does it mean the Chiefs will suddenly play like AFC contenders Sunday? Probably not. But for a team that likes getting after the QB, offering any sort of prodding could be a mistake.


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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 11 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are my picks for the weekend:

Ravens 24, Chiefs 7

They’re just better. But not 30+ points a game offensively.

Maryland 20, James Madison 6

Madison brings in two new quarterbacks, which makes me think they’ll struggle offensively.

Navy 34, Louisiana Tech 24

This should be fun for the Mids, at least early on

Akron 44, Morgan State 13

It might not be that close. Not that the Zips are particularly good.

Perry Hall 16, Overlea 12

The Gators can’t open 0-2, can they?

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Cam Cameron plans on going ‘Receiver by Committee’ offensively

Drew Forrester picks Ravens to win AFC North; Glenn Clark says Wild Card with Suggs as Defensive Player of the Year

Nestor Aparicio says Chris McAlister said he’s returning to NFL next week

Nestor Aparicio picks Ravens to win Super Bowl

Rex Snider celebrating Purple Friday on 9/11

Keith Melchior picks Ravens to top Giants in Super Bowl

Lawson Lambert picks Ravens 2nd in AFC North, Wild Card winner


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says M&T Bank Stadium ranked 2nd best in NFL by Rick Gosselin of Dallas Morning News

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Marshal Yanda, Mark Clayton both expected to play vs. KC Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says ‘continuity’ expected with Greg Mattison taking over Rex Ryan’s defense

The Official Site says Greg Mattison thinks streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher ‘important’ to Ravens defense

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Matt Cassel, Brandon Flowers, Terrance Copper all ‘limited’ in practice

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley thinks decision on Cassel will go ‘down to the wire’

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says QB Cassel feels knee ‘making progress’

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Flacco may have given RB Larry Johnson ‘bulletin board material’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says finding weapons for Flacco still issues for Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hauschka knows creating reputation in Stover’s shadow ‘won’t be easy’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Pryce believes Mattison’s defense not as ‘violent’ as Rex Ryan’s

The Sun says Chiefs 0-3 all time at M&T Bank Stadium

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens need ‘improvement’ from Flacco, ‘motivation’ from defense, ‘breakthrough’ from Ray Rice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says health of WR’s Mason, Clayton, success of K Hauschka, consistency of CB’s Washington, Foxworth all potential problem areas for Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Flacco no Brady or Manning, but Ravens don’t need him to be

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Antwan Barnes facing off with former teammate Dwayne Bowe

The Sun’s Ken Murray explains why he thinks Ravens will win Super Bowl

The Sun’s Edward Lee says ST Coordinator Rosburg told Gano to ‘stay ready’ after cut

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith didn’t practice again

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens ‘targeting’ Larry Johnson

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens worked out free agent punter Glenn Pakulak

Kansas City Star’s Kent Babb says Haley hasn’t indicated if Tyler Thigpen or Brodie Croyle would start should Cassel not be able to go

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Flacco’s comments posted in Chiefs’ locker room

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 33-9

NFL.com says Ravens have won 5 straight home games in September

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt will be watching DJ Johnson vs. Ray Rice Sunday

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says defenses will be more ‘familiar’ with Flacco in 2nd season

Fox Sports’ Joe Concha says Ravens-Colts, Ravens-Steelers will help to determine entire NFL season

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Ravens 27-10

ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons picks Ravens to finish 12-4, win Wild Card

ESPN.com’s James Walker picks Ravens 24-10


The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts has shot to be first player to reach 60 doubles since ‘36

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says MacPhail thinks minor league system had ‘very good year’

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Arrieta, Xavier Avery, Josh Bell, Zach Britton, Erbe, Hobgood, Steve Johnson, Luis Lebron, Brandon Snyder, Waring all players in O’s organization worth watching

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Matusz to receive Jim Palmer Award as top pitcher, Waring to receive Brooks Robinson Award as top player in organization

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds opened Rookie of the Year campaign for Reimold

Examiner Jay Trucker says 2009 Birds “Why Bother” team (BRILLIANT!)

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown has O’s 27th in power rankings


The Official Site says Tyser Tower dedicated Thursday before Saturday’s home opener

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph wants to get Gary Douglas into tomorrow’s game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Jamari McCullough will miss JMU game

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps ‘must’ improve Saturday vs. Madison

The Diamondback’s Jeremy Schneider says not all suites, mezzanine seats sold at refurbished Byrd Stadium

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Chris Turner thinks JMU game ‘very, very important’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says senior associate AD Ullmann heard ‘not right now’ frequently from fans regarding purchasing luxury seats for football games

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Tony Logan questionable, Kenny Tate will handle punt returns

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps hoping for ‘improvement’ from WR’s after Adrian Cannon, Ronnie Tyler, Torrey Smith only receivers with catches vs. Golden Bears

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin thinks Turner could be All-ACC Candidate

Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman thinks ACC should give up revenue to CAA if Dukes join William & Mary, Richmond in beating ACC teams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dukes to pick up $325,000 check for game at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 20-9

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Porzel, FB Berman remain OUT for Terps

Harrisonburg Daily News Record’s Mike Barber says Terps will look to pressure Dukes QB’s Justin Thorpe, Drew Dudzik

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says ‘large contingent’ of JMU fans expected in College Park Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says DC Don Brown thought Cal ‘exposed (Maryland’s) weaknesses’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph happy with week of practice preparing for JMU (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says freshman kicker Ferrara ‘broke the ice’ with first game at California (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem profiles freshman DE Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says injury to Bruce Campbell ‘wrinkles’ O-Line

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Terrell Skinner thinks Terps ‘humbled’ by blowout loss in Berkeley

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Virginia TE prospect Josh Lovell’s verbal ‘all but done deal’ for Terps


The Official Site says Mids commit to playing in 2012 Emerald Bowl

The Official Site says $10 tickets available to kids wearing football or cheerleading uniforms to Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech Official Site previews tomorrow’s opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Louisiana Tech Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Bulldogs release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley kicker, but Niumatalolo may use Jon Teague for 40+ yard kicks

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Tyler Simmons like extra starting LB for Mids

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids would face Pac-10 opponent in San Francisco in ‘12

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Cameron Marshall brings two tours of Iraq, Marines experience to DE spot with Mids

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids must limit La Tech WR/KR Livas

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says San Fran game means Mids have postseason appearances nailed down through 2013

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says AD Gladchuk has given Mids ‘long term stability’

Go Mids offers quick facts on Navy, La Tech


The Official Site previews Hopkins/Randolph-Macon

The Official Site offers complete JHU/Randolph-Macon release (pdf)


The Official Site says former Hound P.T. Ricci selected by Philadelphia Wings in NLL Draft


The Official Site says Mariners brought back WR Scorpio Brown


Daily Racing Form’s Joe DeVivo says Laurel fall session opens tomorrow


-I’ll say Derek Jeter breaks Lou Gehrig’s record in his first at-bat tonight. And I won’t care much. Screw the Yankees.

Talk to you this weekend.


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Live From Owings Mills: Nothing To Worry About With Ngata’s Foot

Posted on 10 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:25-Is there something else to be worried about? We just got today’s Ravens/Chiefs Injury Report, and Haloti Ngata is listed as having a knee injury. He told us earlier it was his ankle. Might just be a mistake, but worth noting.

DT Haloti Ngata-LIMITED-Knee
LB Brendon Ayanbadejo-FULL-Foot
LB Dannell Ellerbe-FULL-Knee

QB Matt Cassel-LIMITED-Knee
WR Terrance Copper-LIMITED-Hamstring
CB Brandon Flowers-LIMITED-Shoulder
RB Jackie Battle-FULL-Illness

1:18-TE LJ Smith is again working out by himself today as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Smith is in shorts, meaning he will likely be listed again as “did not participate” when the injury report comes out.

1:10-This is getting serious. I was just informed that the Ravens will no longer allow members of the media to have their cell phones out near the practice field. Obviously, they are concerned that someone will be taking pictures/shooting video.

No Twitter ban (like a certain team to the south), but this seems like a little bit of paranoia.

12:56-No idea if Ravens would be interested in Free Agent WR Bobby Wade, who was released by the Vikings. Wade lead the Vikes in receiving for the last 2 seasons; and had agreed to a pay cut just a week ago.

12:49-Cameron says OL Marshal Yanda “will play in the game” Sunday “to some degree.” Yanda said yesterday he believed Chris Chester would start at RG Sunday, and it looks more at more like that will be the case.

12:47-Hear from the following today in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

OC Cam Cameron
DC Greg Mattison
ST Coordinator Jerry Rosburg
DE Trevor Pryce
DT Haloti Ngata
CB Domonique Foxworth

I’m going to head out and watch practice until we’re kicked out, then I’ll join Bob Haynie around 1:30.

12:44-Cam Cameron made a point to recognize that the Chiefs had done a good job of rushing the quarterback in the preseason. Chiefs Coach Todd Haley had told the media in Kansas City yesterday that he was “encouraged” by the progress the Chiefs had made under Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast.

12:39-Cam Cameron was vague in describing the role of WR Mark Clayton as he returns from a hamstring injury. Cameron said Clayton was good to go Sunday; but when asked if he would start, Cameron halfheartedly said “yeah he’s healthy”, but then went on to say that the Ravens will use a “receiver by committee” strategy similar to their “RB by committee” offense.

My gut is still that Kelley Washington will get more snaps than Clayton will Sunday, regardless of who is lined up at WR on the first play from scrimmage against KC.

12:36-CB Domonique Foxworth told us he has “fun” facing physical WR’s like the Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe. He said receivers like Bowe don’t force separation, giving CB’s a chance to make a play on the ball every time it is thrown.

12:21-Neither Trevor Pryce nor Haloti Ngata would confirm or deny a rumor that the Ravens have hung a picture of Kansas City RB Larry Johnson up somewhere in the facility as inspiration. Johnson was the last RB to rush for 100 yards in a single game against the Ravens defense; and while all members of the defense recognized the importance of stopping the run, none placed much significance in the streak itself.

In fact, LB Tavares Gooden (who came to Baltimore AFTER the streak began) told me that being concerned about the streak would be “wrong thing.”

It would be easy to say the locker room here has been taught an important lesson in “spin”, but I believe this is more a lesson of “focus.”

12:10-Both Haloti Ngata and Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison confirmed to us that Ngata will be fine for Sunday. There was some concern about Ngata after he was listed as “limited” in practice on the injury report yesterday; but Ngata said it was just a “precautionary” measure stemming from an ankle tweak in practice last week.

11:17-We’re back out at 1 Winning Drive today, where we’re expecting to hear from coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, and Jerry Rosburg today. I can’t help but wonder how much more this team has to work on before Sunday’s game with the Chiefs. I’d ask John Harbaugh, but he’d tell me it was a “tactical question” and wouldn’t really answer it.

Make sure to check for updates from Twitter. Follow us…..@WNST.

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Didn’t have time to finish posting links this morning; VERY SORRY. Heading out to Owings Mills now, will post our NFL picks later today.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester explains how “See The Birds” came about

Nestor Aparicio says WNST will continue to ‘help’ Orioles

Glenn Clark says Ravens wearing new “53 Mighty Men of Baltimore” jackets


The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Brian Roberts’ 50th double not enough as Birds fell to BoSox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says B-Rob joined former Hall of Famers Tris Speaker, Paul Waner, Stan Musial as only players with 3 or more 50+ double seasons

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says after day off tonight, Chris Tillman to face Andy Pettitte tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium

The Official Site’s Maureen Mullen says Henn, Uehara added to roster

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says Victor Martinez’s pinch hit, bases clearing double lifted Sox past Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Birds fell to 1-8 at Fenway Park this season in front of 37,712

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Adam Jones moved to 60 day DL, will miss rest of season

The Sun’s Peter Hermann says 4 men arrested after stealing #8 statue honoring Cal Ripken outside Camden Yards

The Sun says Janet Marie Smith named VP of planning and development

The AP says Albers took loss, Danys Baez gave up Martinez’s 2B

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Paul Byrd started, got no decision for Red Sox in win over O’s

Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says Delcarmen struggled out of pen for Sox in win

Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara says Billy Wagner gave Sox lift out of pen, picked up win

Worcester Telegram’s Bill Ballou says Birds, Sox combined for 27 hits; 22 of which were singles


The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh impressed by free agent Tyree, team will continue to monitor his health

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mark Clayton not on Ravens’ first injury report

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says new GM (Pioli), new coach (Haley), new QB (Cassel) give Chiefs element of ‘surprise’

The Official Site says KC Coach Haley thinks Harbaugh, Dolphins coach Sparano ‘set bar high’ for first year coaches

The Official Site says Chris Carr left Titans for Baltimore to play Ravens’ ‘style of defense’

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Clayton made appearance Tuesday at SEED School

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley not sure if team will have answer on Cassel until gametime

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says CB Brandon Flowers, RB Jackie Battle joined Cassel as ‘limited’ in practice

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Larry Johnson ‘not mad’ at Terrell Suggs for taunting him in last matchup

The Sun’s Ken Murray says acquiring players like Oher, Foxworth shows Ravens’ desire for ‘speed’

The Sun’s Lorraine Mirabella says Pizza Hut, Reebok amongst companies seeing commercial value in Flacco

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says new OL Moll was ‘surprised’ to be traded from Packers to Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Haley thought Harbaugh did ‘tremendous job’ as first year coach in ‘08

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Sporting News sees Reed, Ray Lewis, Birk, Suggs, Ngata amongst best 100 players in NFL

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh lost his cool during practice thinking TV cameras were recording parts of practice he didn’t want filmed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh said Ravens would ‘take it slow’ with David Tyree

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith only Raven to not ‘fully’ participate in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Larry Johnson last back to rush for 100 yards against Ravens

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens to beat Chiefs

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Derrick Mason believes offense will be ‘light years ahead’ of where they were last year

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Yanda ‘feels good’, expects Chester to start at RG

The AP says even without Rex Ryan, Ravens defense might be ‘better’

Washington Times’ Bob Cohn says Harbaugh, Ravens ready to ‘build’ on last year’s trip to AFC Championship Game

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Todd Haley ‘encouraged’ with Clancy Pendergast’s defense

8 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens to top Chiefs

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 4th in power rankings

SI’s Ross Tucker thinks Ray Rice will have ‘breakout’ season

5 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens to make playoffs

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Brandon Marshall could ‘learn’ from McGahee

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says McNair was ‘more than player’ to Titans coach Jeff Fisher

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager says former Ravens coach Billick knows he ‘missed’ with Boller


The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps will be ‘inconsistent’ again this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Tom Brattan confirmed Bruce Campbell will miss James Madison game Saturday

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says players truly believed they weren’t far from being competitive against Bears

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says RJ Dill will make first career start at RT vs. Dukes

Washington Post’s Kathy Orton says Madison win over Terps would be another feather in CAA’s cap

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell could miss ‘more time’ dealing with turf toe

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen unsure of whether sick football player dealing with swine flu

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell noticing less ‘fan interest’ in Terps this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps trying to ‘learn’ from blowout loss at California

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says JMU beat writer Mike Barber thinks Dukes must avoid turnovers to have shot at beating Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Cannon was most ‘targeted’ WR in Berkeley (5 catches of 10 balls thrown to him)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tyler Bowen, Pete deSouza could fit in OT mix

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says WR LaQuan Williams (Poly) almost went to Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former DL Dion Armstrong ended up at Butler Community College in Kansas

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Justin Gilbert will also be in mix to replace Campbell

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan was ‘limited’ again in practice, meaning Kenny Tate could end up handling punt returns again

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says James Franklin already had ‘answers’ ready for questions regarding offensive performance at Cal (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph going with youngsters like Bennett Fulper, Isaiah Ross (must subscribe)


Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Mychal Parker excited to make another visit to College Park (must subscribe)


The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s home opener against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says safety Emmett Merchant started improvement once he felt he ‘belonged’

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ivin Jasper admitted to ‘second guessing’ play call on 2 point conversion attempt that would have tied Ohio State

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says last year’s leading rusher Shun White working with Mids’ slotbacks

Shreveport Times’ Jimmy Watson says La Tech LB Adrien Cole ‘impressed’ with Midshipmen

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Louisiana Tech (must subscribe)


Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says WR Matt Cahill showing ability in senior season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Billera helping Terror in return game


The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Tigers amongst teams interested in Dunbar prospect Derrell Edwards


Inside Lacrosse’s Bob Chavez says former Retriever Poillon selected by Philadelphia Wings in NLL Draft


The Official Site says Mustangs up for LaxWorld honors


The Sun says Speedo extended deal with Michael Phelps through 2013


The Sun says John Cook, Jay Haas, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman all committed to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship


Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says Pioneerof The Nile retired to stud at Vinery in Lexington


-Drew and I both picked the Titans tonight FWIW.

Talk to you tomorrow.


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